Enid Walgreen’s pharmacy accused of violating anti-meth law

Thursday, January 27th 2005, 5:05 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A Walgreen's pharmacy in Enid is accused of violating state law that limits the sale of cold medicines used to make methamphetamine.

State Bureau of Narcotics spokesman Mark Woodward says the pharmacy could lose its license.

Walgreen’s officials are being ordered to appear at February 23rd hearing and show why their license should not be revoked, suspended or limited.

State law allows only pharmacies to sell over-the-counter cold tablets that contain pseudoephedrine, and no more than nine grams of the ingredient are to be sold to one person during a 30-day period. Anyone buying more than nine grams is to be reported to police.

Woodward says Enid police investigating meth labs found more than 100 people who bought more than nine grams and 97% were bought from Walgreen’s, and none were reported.

Woodward says this is the first pharmacy to be accused of violating the anti-meth law that went into effect last April.

The law is credited with helping reduce the number of meth labs in the state by 80%.